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GOP Options In Response To Obama’s Executive Action Are Limited, Perhaps Non-Existent

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In the end, there appears to be very little, if anything, the GOP can do to stop or roll back the executive actions the President will announce Thursday evening.

There’s Little Evidence That Voter ID Laws Impacted The 2014 Elections

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Based on the available evidence, there’s very little evidence that Voter ID laws had a significant impact on the midterm elections.

Polygraph Critic Charged with Training People to Thwart Polygraphs

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A 69-year-old former polygraph examiner for the Oklahoma City police department has been indicted for coaching people to thwart the machines.

Warnings Of Violence In Ferguson Could Become Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

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All the warnings of violence in the wake of an expected imminent announcement from the Grand Jury in the Michael brown case could become self-fulfilling prophecy.

Missouri Governor Declares State of Emergency In Anticipation Of Grand Jury Decision In Michael Brown Shooting

Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

In what seems like a sign that an announcement is imminent, in terms of days at least if not sooner, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a State Of Emergency in the Ferguson, Missouri area in anticipation of the announcement of a Grand Jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) […]

The Ivy League Supreme Court

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Every member of the Supreme Court graduated from an Ivy League Law School. That kind of homogeneity is not healthy.

Latest Round Of Same-Sex Marriage Appeals Arrive At Supreme Court

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The process that seems likely to lead to a Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage has begun.

Federal Judge Awards Strippers $10,000,000 In Labor Dispute

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The labor laws apply no matter what business you’re in.

Ferguson, Missouri Braces For Probability Of No Indictment In Michael Brown Shooting Case

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We appear to be just days away from an announcement from the Grand Jury investigating the Michael Brown shooting, and the consensus seems to be that there will be no indictment at all.

Italian Seismologists Cleared Of Manslaughter Charges Related To 2009 Earthquake

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In the wake of a 2009 earthquake that registered 6.3 on the Richter scale and resulted in death of some 300 people in the town of L’Aquila, a group of Italian seismologists were charged with, and later convicted of, manslaughter for allegedly failing to effectively warn the community of the danger of a coming quake. As I […]

Governor Of Arkansas Set To Pardon His Son

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On his way out of office, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe is set to pardon his son for an 11 year-old non-violent marijuana conviction.

Same-Sex Marriage Advances In Two States, But All Eyes Are On SCOTUS Now

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Same-sex marriage advanced in Kansas and South Carolina yesterday, and will soon be law in Montana, but the Supreme Court is what matters now,

Confirmation Of New Attorney General Likely To Be Delayed Until 2015

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Democrats are telling The Hill that confirmation of President Obama’s choice to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General will likely wait until the new Congress convenes in January: President Obama will have to get his nominee for attorney general past a Republican-controlled Senate, Democratic and Republican aides say. A packed schedule after the election is almost […]

Scott Walker Wants To Drug Test Welfare Recipients, But It Doesn’t Work, And It’s Unconstitutional

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A popular idea that does nothing useful while simultaneously violating the Constitution.

Stealing Isn’t a Crime When Police Do It

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Civil asset forfeiture gives “highway robbery” a whole new meaning.

Majority Of Americans Support Marijuana Legalization, 64% For Americans 18-34

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Support for legalizing marijuana continues to grow slowly but surely.

Virginia Judge Rules Police Can Compel Suspect To Unlock Phone Locked Via Fingerprint

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The Fourth and Fifth Amendments do not prevent the police from compelling you to unlock your phone if you used fingerprint scan technology to lock it, Virginia Judge has ruled.

NFL Players Association Wants Adrian Peterson Reinstated Immediately

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Just days after entering a plea to reduced offenses related to the felony child abuse charges that were made against him earlier this season, charges which led to his indefinite suspension from the NFL, the NFL Player’s union says that Minnesota Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson should be reinstated immediately: The NFL Players Association sent […]

Tenth Circuit Bars Effort By Kansas, Arizona To Add To Requirements For Voter Registration

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States may not add to Federal requirements for voter registration, the Court rules. Which makes perfect sense.

Obama To Nominate U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

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Later today, President Obama will nominate Loretta Lynch, who has served as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York under two Presidents, as the next Attorney General of the United States: WASHINGTON — President Obama will nominate Loretta E. Lynch, the top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, to be the next attorney general, […]

Supreme Court Accepts Appeal In Obamacare Subsidies Case

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Somewhat surprisingly, the Supreme Court has accepted the appeal of a case that could completely gut the financial structure of the Affordable Care Act.

When Is A Fish A Document?

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The Supreme Court heard argument this week in a case involving a somewhat strange application of Federal law.

The Sixth Circuit Just Made Nationwide Same-Sex Marriage Even More Likely, And Closer To Reality

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An unsurprising ruling from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that only seems to bring closer the day when same-sex marriage will be legal nationwide.

Most PATRIOT Act ‘Sneak And Peek’ Warrants Used In War On Drugs, Not War On Terror

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Not surprisingly, a law passed in the wake of the September 11th attacks has been used mostly for things that have nothing to do with terrorism.

Voters In Washington, D.C. And Oregon, And Probably Alaska, Approve Marijuana Legalization

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Big victories for advocates of marijuana legalization.

Supreme Court To Decide If Congress Can Dictate Where Jerusalem Is

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The Supreme Court will decide if Congress can override American foreign policy when it comes to declaring who has dominion over Jerusalem.

Report: Federal Civil Rights Charges Unlikely In Michael Brown Shooting Case

Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

Reports from the Justice Department seem to be laying the groundwork for more disappointment for those hoping for charges against Officer Darren Wilson.

Supreme Court Rejects Legal Challenge To Filibuster

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Not unexpectedly, the Supreme Court has declined to hear a case challenging the Constitutionality of the Senate filibuster.

Creigh Deeds One Year Later, And The Problems With Mental Health Care In The U.S.

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Just over one year ago, Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds was attacked by his son, revealing problems with our mental health system that have yet to be adequately addressed.

Maine Court Rejects State Request To Quarantine, Restrict Movements, Of Ebola Nurse Kaci Hickcox

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A Maine Judge has largely rejected the efforts of the State of Maine to restrict the movements of Kaci Hickcox

Puppies Reenact The SCOTUS Oral Argument In The Hobby Lobby Case

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Last week I wrote about an amusing skit on John Oliver’s HBO show Last Week Tonight in which he used puppies to renact portions of a Supreme Court oral argument and then made raw footage available to allow viewers to do it themselves. Well, someone took the entire recording of the oral argument in the Hobby […]

Houston Agrees To Withdraw Subpoenas Directed At Pastors

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Earlier this month, the City of Houston found itself in hot water and under criticism from a wide range of legal scholars over subpoenas that had been issued by its attorneys in a lawsuit concerning a signature drive for a referendum to overturn a law banning discrimination against gays, lesbians, and transgender people that was […]

House Lawsuit Against Obama Hits Another Snag

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At this rate, it’s unlikely the House will file any kind of lawsuit against President Obama until 2015, assuming it ever files anything.

Kaci Hickcox Threatens To Sue Maine Authorities Over Ebola Quarantine Order

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We may have our first legal challenge to an Ebola quarantine order by tomorrow

Ebola And Mandatory Quarantines: A Delicate Balance Between Personal Liberty And Public Safety

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Mandatory quarantines are a massive violation of personal liberty. We ought to be careful in how, when, and why we impose them and who they are directed toward.

Senator Jeff Merkley Becomes First Senator To Endorse Pot Legalization

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Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley has ventured into an issue that, so far, none of his fellow Senators have felt comfortable following: Sen. Jeff Merkley says he plans to vote for a ballot measure on Election Day to legalize marijuana in Oregon. “I lean in support of it,” the Democratic senator told TPM in an interview […]

Koch Brothers Donation Brings Attention To Inadequacies Of Indigent Criminal Defense

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The Koch Brothers are putting money behind an effort to reform a part of the legal system that is ignored far too often.

Idaho City Backs Down In Dispute With Ministers Over Same-Sex Marriage

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The City of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho will not force two Christian ministers to open their wedding chapel business to same-sex wedding ceremonies.

Federal Judge Blocks Sports Betting In New Jersey, But It Should Be Legal Everywhere

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Not surprisingly a Federal Judge has blocked New Jersey’s latest effort to legalize sports gaming. As a matter of policy, though, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be legal to place wagers on sporting events.

Whatever Happened To That Lawsuit The House Of Representatives Was Filing Against Obama?

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It’s been three months, but there’s been no action on the lawsuit that the House of Representatives said it was filing against President Obama.

Mississippi Supreme Court Rules Against Chris McDaniel In Dispute Over GOP Senate Primary

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The most bizarre race of 2014 is finally over.

New York, New Jersey Order Quarantine For Arrivals From Ebola Stricken Nations

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A surprise move from Governors Christie and Cuomo that sounds like a good idea but may not be as effective, or legal, as it sounds.

Two Dead, Three Injured In Shooting At Seattle Area High School

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Another school shooting.

Federal Court Dismisses Tea Party Groups’ Lawsuits Over IRS Targeting

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A Federal Judge has dismissed lawsuits filed by Tea Party groups over the IRS targeting scandal.

Time For A Single, Six-Year, Presidential Term?

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An idea whose time has come? Not really.

Sports Leagues File Suit To Stop Sports Gambling In New Jersey

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All of the major sports leagues are trying to stop New Jersey’s efforts to legalize sports gambling. They should not be allowed to succeed.

Evidence Presented To Michael Brown Grand Jury Appears To Support Officer’s Version Of Events

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What if the Grand Jury investigating the Michael Brown shooting fails to indict Officer Darren Wilson? We may find out if newly leaked evidence is accurate.

Another White House Fence Jumper

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Mere hours after a gunman fired shots outside and inside Canada’s Parliament, another man jumped the fence at the White House, although this time the Secret Service didn’t hesitate to apprehend him: A man jumped the White House fence Wednesday night and was taken into custody after being bitten by a guard dog, officials said, […]

Idaho Ministers Threatened With Jail For Refusing To Perform Same-Sex Wedding Ceremonies

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A collision between marriage equality and religious liberty, but it seems clear that religious liberty should win this one.

Puppies Reenact Supreme Court Oral Arguments

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Since the Supreme Court won’t allow cameras in the courtroom for oral argument, or indeed anything, John Oliver has come up with an alternative (one mildly NSFW word in the video): Here’s a link to the raw footage that John Oliver referenced in the video. There’s no sound to it since its meant for people […]

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